Post # 1
I just found out my OB doesn’t do on-site ultrasounds, and only does appointments once every 4 weeks until 28 weeks.
This makes me really uncomfortable, since I’ve read that many doctors do appointments every 2 weeks up until the 3rd trimester then weekly appointments after that.
Also, reading what many of you on here have said, it seems that your doctor is the one who does the ultrasound during your appointments. I don’t want to have to be running all over town for ultrasounds, separate from my doctor appointments–I’m extremely busy and looking for “one stop shopping!” Plus I don’t want my ultrasound to be like lab results, where a technician takes down the information and sends it to my doctor who will explain it to me later–I want to have a conversation about it right then and there, WITH the person who is going to be accompanying me throughout my pregnancy.
I got an “off” feeling when my OB didn’t schedule my first appointment until 10weeks, and now finding out this news about the ultrasounds and the infrequent appointments is really making me think I should switch. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
Most doctors don’t want to see anyone for a prenatal appointment until AFTER 8 weeks, my appt wasn’t until 11 weeks. I also saw the (nurse practitioner midwife- not an OB) once a month until the third trimester, and every other week until 36 weeks, at which point I go weekly.
That said, if you’re not comfortable with how your doctor does things, then yes- switch. Be aware though that even an office that does on-site ultrasound might adhere to the same or a very similar appointment schedule.
Post # 4
Do you live in the US or Canada or elsewhere?
Here in western Canada, it is one appointment every four weeks until 30 weeks. Then one every two weeks until 36 weeks. 36 weeks until delivery you are seen every week. I also didn’t see my OB until I was about 10 weeks along.
I’ve had only two ultrasounds (I am 32 weeks) at a specialists office, never at the doctor. One at 12 weeks and one at 18-20. Again, totally normal here. I am getting a third ultrasound next week but only because baby is breech and measuring small and they want to check on her. Otherwise I wouldn’t have received any additional ones.
Post # 5
@DaneLady: What about the on-site ultrasound? Did your NP/OB do it in the office or refer you somewhere else?
ETA: I’m in the US
@mrsjapley: Good to know what your experience has been. Did you find it inconvenient to get the US at a specialists office? Did you feel comfortable with the amount of information you got, and did they talk to you about the results right then, or did you have to wait to talk to your doctor?
Post # 6
I don’t have children, but my pregnant/with children friends all saw the doctor once a month. once every two weeks seems excesive unless you’re at risk.
Post # 7
@bebero: Thanks, that’s helpful. Maybe the books I’ve been reading are overly cautious.
Post # 8
@hippomama: Nope, it doesn’t bother me at all. Just another appointment. Between doctors appointments, blood draws and ultrasounds I’ve had a LOT of appointments. You just get used to it after awhile. My job is very understanding and has never had a problem with me sneaking out an hour early or so to get things taken care of.
The results from the ultrasounds have always been discussed with us at the appointments and then sent to my doctor for further review. However, we’ve had no issues and I’m not sure what they do in the event that there is something wrong going on.
My doctor always has time to answer all the questions I have so I’ve never felt ignored or felt like I was missing information. I can always call and speak to a nurse if I have any concerns in between appointments,
Post # 9
My doctors appointments were monthly at first until 37 weeks. Then it was weekly. NT and anatomy scans were done on a different appointment and at a different hospital.
Post # 10
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I only met my OB once a month until 28 weeks. Then it was every three weeks twice and then biweekly and weekly. Tust me, you will be wasting your time if you go more often. Most of the time, you are peeing in a cup and then they’re asking if you have any questions. My OB did onsite ultrasounds only Thursday mornings. Many don’t do them onsite. It’s nothing to worry about.
Post # 11
My Dr’s office has ultrasounds in the same building, not his office. A tech always perform the u/s. Dr’s are not trained the way techs are to do ultrasounds. Also you should only be having appts every 4 weeks til 28-30 wks unless you are high risk or have problems. Your Dr’s office sounds very normal to me, but if you are uncomfortable with it, then I think you should switch.
Post # 12
I was given a schedule of all of my appointments and I think they’re monthly then bi-weekly then weekly. I can’t remember when it accelerates but I did want to point out that currently, I’m on the monthly schedule and I’m currently in the first trimester. I think weekly doesn’t kick in until it’s super close to the due date. My office wouldn’t schedule me until I passed 8 weeke.
My doctor is normally the one that is supposed to meet with me but if she’s in L/D with another patient, then I’m seen by the NP. For my first U/S, it was an ultrasound tech or a NP (didn’t ask), but it was supposed to be my doctor. It wasn’t a big deal since she seemed to know what she was talking about (e.g. HB, measurements, etc.) and I’ve met my OBGYN before at my GYN appointment. My OB is also the one that calls me with test results.
Truthfully, I would consider switching because like you, I like the whole one-stop shop experience. The lab for my bloodwork is literally one suite over from the office which is convenient and the U/S (both 3D and 4D) is available at my doctor’s office. I work FT so if I had to drive all over town to get all this done, I would have to take PTO.
Post # 13
@mrsjapley: That’s good to know.
@Cady: Thanks for sharing that you had your scans at a different hospital. Guess I overestimated how many doctors do US in house !
@mrsSonthebeach: Thanks, that’s helpful. I definitely don’t want to go more often than is necessary, but with a 1st pregnancy it’s hard not to feel anxious that something is going wrong all the time!
@Izzy81: That makes sense about techs knowing better than docs how to do US–everyone has a different area of expertise. Thanks.
Post # 14
@lilbluebird: I totally agree regarding wanting one stop shopping–it’s easy to get time away from my job, but I just have to make it up later, so it’s worthwhile to spend as little time as possible.
Your comment that your OB “called you with your results” also reminded me–when I got my blood test to confirm that I was pregnant, my OB’s admin staff called me and was just like, okay we’re going to schedule an appointment for you for this week. I had to actually ask, “So, the test was positive?” And they didn’t tell me if they tested for anything other than pregnancy and if so what the results were.
They didn’t explain why they were scheduling the appointment when they did–hence me coming onto WB and asking if a 10w appointment was normal! They just don’t seem to be going out of their way to explain things. I understand they are busy, but it would make me feel better if they would.
Post # 15
My appointments have been monthly so far, and will switch to bi-weekly around 28 weeks. At about 36 weeks it becomes weekly until delivery. I had my first appointment at 4 weeks to confirm the pregnancy, but that was only because my OB was going on vacation so they wanted to get me in quickly before that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have had an appointment until 8 weeks. I really can’t imagine having an OB appointment every 2 weeks for the whole pregnancy, that’s definitely overkill!
I had to go to a different lab to get my ultrasounds done (one at 12 weeks and one at 20 weeks) and it really wasn’t a big deal. The ultrasound tech showed us everything she was doing and answered all our questions. We went to two different labs, and they were both like this. At my next OB appointment we went over the detailed results.
I personally wouldn’t change OBs just for the reasons you stated, but I also really like my OB and have known her for a very long time.
Post # 16
@hippomama: I work for a hospital, so yes the radiology department is down the hall 🙂 My provider was not the person doing the scan though, there was an OB present for my NT and anatomy scans. I did like having everything explained to me, thouroughly & promptly 🙂